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Author: Cassandra D'Alessandro

Vintage Posters to Impress

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends
Vintage Posters to Impress

I have recently been looking at vintage poster to inspire a color palette for an event I am planning, modern with a hint of vintage glamour. I stumbled upon these from unknown original sources and had to share.  They are  raw, graphic, and just great fun!   Check out more — Continue reading

Alex MacMaster’s Intriguing Iris

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Alex MacMaster’s Intriguing Iris

Alex MacMaster’s artful pendants are  sculptural and masculine. I am drawn to these lamps by the vision of  playful shadows and fanciful form floating above a space. Made to order, each lamp is crafted with traditional techniques with a modernist appreciation to detail and purity of form. Check out these — Continue reading

Adapt-Ability

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability, Uncategorized
Adapt-Ability

Over the last couple years, I find myself in awe of the young designers who have remained innovative, exuberant, and steadfast during tough challenges within the design industry. In recent years, the idea of “green design” has been gaining momentum at absurd speed. It is nice that more and more — Continue reading

Beauty at Blomus

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Beauty at Blomus

I am in LOVE!  If you are anything like me, you get so sad and depressed whenever forced to set foot into the local mall.  Everything just looks so ordinary and well not for me.  I have finally found a company with an arsenal of amazingly well designed home and — Continue reading

Mill Living

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Mill Living

Life can change drastically and quickly.  Some recent events have forced me and my fiance to move to a new city, start a new job, and start  life anew. This move has made me more familiar than ever with the new trend of adaptive reuse projects sprinkled throughout New England; — Continue reading

Modern Briefcases

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Modern Briefcases

Looking for a great gift idea for a man in your life? Every year around the holidays I scratch my head wondering what to buy a modern man. Here are a few finds worth considering this Holiday season! Great modern design by Shipley & Halmos. Clean lines with a little — Continue reading

Winter Retreat

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Winter Retreat

The winter chill may not inspire adventures in all of us.  However it is hard to deny the peace and tranquility that comes from isolating oneself far from civilization during a winter storm.  The endless sea of white and pastoral silence is deafening. This studio on Stony Lake in Ontario, — Continue reading

Modern Milk Glass?

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Uncategorized
Modern Milk Glass?

Milk Glass is the ultimate vintage collectible.  Recently I have started recognizing how modern and beautiful this glass truly is.  The pattern and texture is extremely sculptural and the white milk color unifies the collection and can easily be incorporated into a modern aesthetic. Milk glass is available everywhere and — Continue reading

Ira Rakatansky

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Ira Rakatansky

Ira is someone that has consistently made headlines here in Providence RI.  A local Legend, Ira has held strong to his modernist ideals and purist tendencies throughout several decades of architectural work.  Ira, a true modernist, fought the somewhat irrational obsession with New England’s colonial past and has tried to — Continue reading

Why Art Mattters

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, News + Events + Contests
Why Art Mattters

As the winner of the Why Arts Matter video contest, Starting Artists’ video will appear in Times Square on MTV’s 44.5 HD big screen, October 25-31. Video by Marisa Catalina Casey and her students at www.startingartists.org WATCH:  Why Art Matters We need to work hard to educate people on what we do — Continue reading

New Wave of Traveling!

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
New Wave of Traveling!

AirBND  at www.airbnb.com/ offers a new and very modern way of traveling.  Stay in private locations, from the humble to the ornate, from the city to the country. The images and stories inspire the adventurer in all of us – inspiring one to travel to places you have never even heard of! — Continue reading

Estudio-Iris

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
Estudio-Iris

Recently I was given a gift from Estudio-Iris‘s Dimple Collection.  I am in LOVE!  The simplicity and uniqueness of her designs are captivating. This young designer, trained in architecture, has meticulous attention to detail and a controlled hand.  She is meticulously aware of how her work reacts to the body, giving the — Continue reading

Kieran Timberlake – Loblolly House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Kieran Timberlake – Loblolly House

Kieran Timberlake won the 2010 Copper-Hewitt National Design Award. A small firm based in Philadelphia, their work captures the organic way in which the best architecture develops from initial concept.  Taking inspiration from the site conditions, this house is “about the trees within the trees”. The work is deep and — Continue reading

Modern Tea Towels

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Tea Towels

With the weather starting to change, I am starting to dream of the lazy afternoons of baking and cooking.  Here are some wonderfully architectural and clever towels from Girls Can Tell  to add to your collection.    Classic Holga    Tandem Bike   Beer Lovers    

Acero – House 4

Categories: Uncategorized
Acero – House 4

This residential project is a grandiose example of architecture grounded in the conceptual realm. With dramatic forms and huge voids, one cannot help but be dwarfed by both the structure and the vast manicured landscape surround.  Paradoxically, when enclosed within the residence, one is embraced by the surprising scale and — Continue reading

Looking to the Past for Inspiration and Motivation

Categories: Uncategorized
Looking to the Past for Inspiration and Motivation

This weekend was spent participating in an annual family tradition that dates back long before anyone can remember.  The change of the season is marked by sudden cool snaps, shorter days, and a bountiful fall harvest.  Each fall in early September vine-ripened grapes make their journey from vineyards around the — Continue reading

Modern Prints

Categories: Uncategorized
Modern Prints

These prints, found on Etsy  are inspired by graphic design, dutch design, and traditional architectural drawings.  They create depth and an artificial space through strategic layering of type, geometric forms, color, and architectural drawings. I find them cold, yet captivating and beautiful.  The compositions are complex and tell of a refined — Continue reading

Modern Kids/Baby Gear

Categories: Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Modern Kids/Baby Gear

This weekend was one of my best-friend’s baby shower. The time is coming where many friends are married; this is the fourth baby of the year.  All these showers have forced me to learn about all cacophony of baby gear that parents seemingly need. I am on a never-ending search — Continue reading

Whimsically Wonderful

Categories: Art + Graphics, Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects
Whimsically Wonderful

Have you ever found something you think so wonderful you try and rationalize when and how you can convince yourself you need one? I stumbled on this weeks ago, considered buying it for my expecting cousin and have since become completely obsessed with J Schatz Egg Lamp.   Child-like whimsy can — Continue reading

Contemporary Textiles

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
Contemporary Textiles

Anne Kyyro Quinn is one of Britain's leading manufacturer of hand-crafted interior textiles. Known for their contemporary and sculptural patterns, the textiles are bold, rich, and textural.  The designs are inspired by organic shapes and the inherent beauty in natural materials.                     Photos from Anne Kyyro Quin and Contemporist